COVID-19 Announcement

The Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House are currently closed to the public.


An Evening Without Borders – TRACS is Inviting Europe for a Ceilidh

This World Storytelling Day, Sat 20 March 2021 at 7.30pm, TRACS is hosting a European Ceilidh to reach out to our friends, celebrate and strengthen our connections across Europe. As Lorenzo, one of our participating storytellers, put it so beautifully “If our stories have no borders, why should we?”. Of course, a traditional Ceilidh includes … Continued


Sensing Stories – Finding Scotland’s Stories and Voices

This month we are delighted to host 3 live events under the banner of Sensing Stories, which is the culmination of a series of workshops and discussions to inspire new stories waiting to be told. We are passionate about ensuring all voices and stories are heard and encouraged in Scotland. Our stories are the threads … Continued


Traditional Arts Mentoring Programme

TRACS is delighted to be assisting Creative Scotland and other partners in delivering a pilot programme of Traditional Arts Mentoring, building on work undertaken by the Traditional Music Forum. The aim is to exchange knowledge, skills and experience between the generations. The programme is aimed at early or mid-career practitioners in Scotland. Successful applicants will … Continued


Supper with Robert Burns Goes Online – David Campbell and Friends Bring Burns Night to Homes

TRACS and the Scottish Storytelling Centre present an entertaining take on the life of Robert Burns with poems, stories, songs and music this Burns Night, devised by storyteller, author and presenter David Campbell, as an alternative to Burns Suppers with formal speeches. The popular annual live event now goes virtual to offer a convivial evening … Continued


SISF Art Challenge: Waterlines

Love drawing? Join the first SISF online art challenge and engage with the festival community in new ways, with the chance to win a book of Scottish folktales! Everyone is encouraged to join the fun. All levels are welcome, and our challenge is open to all art illustration styles and techniques. How to get on … Continued


SISF Reveals 2020 Programme with Tickets Now Live to Book

Set sail this autumn, as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) takes audiences on a voyage, exploring Scotland’s coasts and water through music and storytelling. The 2020 SISF programme is revealed today, promising an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by the sea’. … Continued


We’re Open & Our Guidelines for Visiting

We’re open! We appreciate your support and patience during the last few months, and we kindly ask that you read all the information available below before we welcome you back to the Centre. We’re open from 10am to 6pm Friday – Sunday, with last entry to John Knox House at 5pm. The Storytelling Café is … Continued


Scotland the When – A Mad God’s Dream

It’s August—must be time for the Edinburgh Festivals! Only this year it isn’t. But don’t despair because A Mad God’s Dream brings you lust, intrigue, backstage drama, plot and counter-plot from the Edinburgh Festival. Ossian, the mainstage festival drama—is it a nationalist epic?—comes direct to your ever smaller screens. Donald Smith’s wicked novella summons up the … Continued


Scotland the When – Bojo Comes to Holyrood

Cometh the hour, cometh the…? It is terrifying to watch the disconnection and bluster at the centre of UK government, as the Covid-19 impacts stack up. But the warning signs were there, and the key characters, as this humorous satire by Donald Smith shows. It was a laugh or cry moment when Bojo came to … Continued


A Time for Reflection and Looking Ahead: Midsummer Celebrations at Home

We just celebrated the summer solstice–the longest day of the year–on Sunday, and we’re enjoying the longer daylight hours that summer brings. On Wednesday 24 June, we will celebrate midsummer in Scotland. Midsummer has its roots as a Celtic fire festival, blessing the crops for a fruitful summer harvest with bonfires and using torches to … Continued

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